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Things To Do In Darwin


Where in Darwin will you go? What will you do? We have all the answers right here. Let’s start with Darwin’s top activities and attractions:

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Tourism Top End - Visitors Information Centre Corner Bennet and Smith Streets, Darwin 1300 138 886 This is the ideal first stop of any visitor to the region. The Visitor Centre offers a comprehensive information service to visitors of Darwin, with over 470 tourism products on display. Take some time to get familiar with the wide variety of activities and experiences available in the Northern Territory.

To make it really easy, we have also put together a full 7-day Northern Territory itinerary for you.

Aquascene at Doctor's Gully - Fishing Feeding

The markets have a multitude of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. Their unique combination of great food and an electric atmosphere make a visit a must do. Enjoy a picnic dinner on the beach whilst watching a spectacular tropical sunset.

Nightcliff Market
Progress Drive, Nightcliff - 0414 368 773 - Sundays 8am-2pm

Set in Nightcliff Shopping Village the markets are the ideal place for a lazy Sunday coffee or a refreshing tropical fruit salad. A casual wander around the market may unearth an unusual bargain or unique gift with stalls displaying a range of original crafts, plants and recyclable goods.

Parap Village Market
Parap Shopping Village, Parap - (08) 8942 0805 - Saturdays 8am-2pm

Browse stalls of local produce, arts and crafts, and enjoy delicious cuisine from around the world. This market has become a Saturday morning institution among locals who just couldn’t survive a weekend without their Saturday morning laksa, satay prawns or fresh tropical fruit smoothie.

Aquascene at Doctor's Gully - Fishing Feeding

28 Doctor’s Gully, Darwin - (08) 8981 7837

A quirky and enduring attraction, this tiny cove at the end of Darwin’s Esplanade is a magnet to hundreds of fish from Darwin Harbour each day at high tide. The water boils with large milkfish, mullet and mangrove jack as visitors throw bread into their midst. This activity is very popular with the kids.


Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)

19 Conacher Street, Bullocky Point, Darwin - (08) 8999 8201

The MAGNT houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art. It is also home to a Cyclone Tracey exhibition which details the tragic events of the 1974 Christmas Eve cyclone that devastated Darwin. The Museum’s oceanfront café serves good coffee and is also a popular choice for brunch.

Crocosaurus Cove

Corner Mitchell and Peel Street, Darwin - (08) 8981 7522

Visit Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin’s newest attraction located in the heart of the CBD. Allow one and a half hours to make the most of your visit. Enter the world of the awesome Top End saltwater crocodile, with some of the largest in captivity on display or for the ultimate adrenalin rush try ‘The Cage of Death’, a clear cage dive inside the home of a saltwater croc. The facility also accommodates the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, a freshwater aquarium, turtle sanctuary, Aboriginal art and culture displays as well as displays of crocodilia from around the world.

Crocodylus Park and Zoo

815 McMillans Road, Knuckey Lagoon, Berrimah - (08) 8922 4500

Crocodylus Park and Zoo is located just 15 minutes from Darwin’s city centre. Built upon 30 years of experience in crocodile research and conservation, the Park hosts over 10,000 crocodiles from 30cm hatchlings to massive adults measuring 5 metres and weighing half a ton! The park also includes big cats, primates, giant lizards, snakes, native animals and a Crocodile museum.

Deckchair Cinema

Jervois Road off Kitchener Drive, Darwin - (08) 8981 0700

Open nightly from mid-April to mid-November. Located on the scenic Darwin Harbour, an ideal place to unwind and watch the sunset before a great film. Showcasing a varied program of Australia, foreign and popular family and cult films, there is something for everyone.

Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct

Kitchener Drive, Darwin

The Darwin Waterfront Precinct is a new harbourside development accessible via a pedestrian bridge from the end of Smith Street in Darwin’s CBD. The area features al fresco cafes and restaurants. Parks, gardens and picnic areas are available and feature extensive tropical landscaping. With two swimming lagoons the Wave Lagoon and the Recreation Lagoon, locals and tourists alike can truly embrace an endless summer.

Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs

Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs - (08) 8988 7200

Territory Wildlife Park sits on 400 hectares of natural bushland and the 26 exhibits are linked by shuttle trains and 6km of bush trails. See raptors at the Eagle Flight Deck, creatures of the night in the Nocturnal House and crocodiles the overhead aquarium. Close by is Berry Springs Nature Park, a perfect spot for a swim. Take some goggles and spot fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools.

Charles Darwin National Park

Tiger Brennan Drive, Winnellie - (08) 8947 2305

This waterfront park, just a short drive from the city, was developed to show visitors the rich mangrove habitats of Darwin Harbour. Take a drive from the city and enjoy a picnic or wander around the park to discover the rich variety of flora and fauna. Relics of Darwin’s involvement in World War II can be seen in the park. These reinforced concrete bunkers were used for safe storage of munitions during wartime action.

East Point Reserve and Lake Alexander

East Point Reserve, Fannie Bay - (08) 8982 2511

The East Point peninsular is a wonderful recreation area with extensive walking and cycling paths, relaxing picnic areas with free barbecue facilities and safe, year round swimming in Lake Alexander. Well worth a visit, the East Point Military Museum (an entry fee applies) is home to an extensive collection of photographic and information displays and examples of military equipment. The reserve is also well known for its wallaby colony and as one of the best sites in Darwin for watching sunsets.

Litchfield National Park

Just over an hour’s drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park lures a quarter of a million visitors each year. The main attraction is the magnificent group of spring-fed waterfalls and waterholes at Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, Sandy Creek, Tolmer Falls and Florence Falls. This is the perfect day tour from Darwin.

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All information above provided by Tourism Northern Territory.